Glossy polyurethane finish almost gave me a woody(pun intended). WOW. Too bad it costs $12 per foot! at local woodworker's supply. If i want like 4 by 8 sheet of that stuff it comes out to around $400 just for the veneer, ouch. Either that or Elm burl, another wowzer or birdseye maple(Ohhhhh). Since i ain't gonna plonk down 400 for just veneer i had to settle with honduras mahogany aka real mahogany for $1.50/foot-cheap hee hee hee. No wonder most audio manufacturers's standard finish is oak, and cherry. They are the cheapest with mahogany coming in close third along with birch and pine. Pine looks nasty though, knotted or not. I'm glad i didn't go the sonotube route. I would've missed out on these absolutely beautiful veneers. Pic's don't do justice. walnut burl Elm burl mahogany Oh yeah almost forgot, it's been only 3 days and ampman's already ragging on me to send it back hmm. Oh well by majority vote of confidence, i'm sending the original defective driver back and I'm keeping the replacement. Besides tinsel leads seem longer on the replacement driver : ... Go figure. All the parts are ready and the finished picture of the sub wrapped in glossy mahogany is swimming around in my head. Ohh ahhh it's going to glorious. The local community college i go to has just about every woodworking machine known to man. Plus they have like million clamps and gallons of titebond hehehe. Oh man,i can't wait til next tuesday. Screw SVS,Hsu,velo blah blah, thank you ADIRE! Sorry for the ramble, I'm getting pretty excited here.